Welcome to the Brighton Early Music Festival 2015 Welcome to the 2015 festival and to a very exciting programme of events on the theme of Women – probably the largest celebration of historical female composers this country has ever seen. The role of women in early music has long been greatly misunderstood. Although women possibly now outnumber men as contemporary performers, it has still been widely held that in the past women’s role in music was largely either domestic or, from the baroque onwards, as theatrical singers. Over recent decades more has been revealed about the lives of composers such as Barbara Strozzi, Francesca Caccini and Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre which shows them as fully professional and highly revered women in receipt of high salaries, or living from the proceeds of their publications. Even within church music, the story is being rewritten as more and more evidence comes to light of the phenomenal importance of nuns as both composers and performers of sacred music from medieval times onwards. Much of what we programme this year represents the fascinating results of cutting edge research. With this in mind we are organising our first festival introduction and preview day where you can meet some of the researchers and performers who keep early music fresh and original.
Clare Norburn and Deborah Roberts, Co-Artistic Directors
We would like to thank our Artistic Directors’ Circle Members, and Friends, Supporters, Contributors and Premium Contributors. Without your support, Brighton Early Music Festival simply could not continue to bring top quality artists to Brighton. Thank you! Brighton Early Music Festival gratefully acknowledges financial support from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts (funded by the National Lottery) and Brighton & Hove City Council for their ongoing championship and support of the festival. Thank you to the following trusts who are supporting our work in 2015, including the opera production (Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero), other performances featuring women composers and our Early Music Live! young artist scheme: the Ambache Charitable Trust; The Golsoncott Foundation; The Dutton-Downing Trust; The Brian Mitchell Charitable Settlement; The Patrick Rowland Foundation; the Hargreaves and Ball Trust; The Gurney Charitable Trust; The Stanley Picker Trust; The Radcliffe Trust; and donors to the Free Ruggiero appeal.
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PRE-FESTIVAL EVENTS Event 1: Saturday 19th September, 2-4pm St Paul’s Church, West Street
CANTUM PULCRIOREM INVENIRE – FREE WORKSHOP
Photograph: Paul Arthur
Discovering medieval song Led by Three Medieval Tenors: John Potter, Christopher O’Gorman, Rogers Covey-Crump A free workshop introducing medieval Conductus to both experienced and less experienced singers. Some work will be done in two groups enabling both enthusiastic amateurs and aspiring professionals to work at their own pace. A unique opportunity to learn about the creation and performance practice of a fascinating medieval repertoire. Observers also welcome. Workshop registration: Free, but registration essential at bremf.org.uk/conductus
Event 2: Saturday 19th September, 8pm St Paul’s Church, West Street
CONDUCTUS – THE FORGOTTEN SONG OF THE MIDDLE AGES Three Medieval Tenors: John Potter, Christopher O’Gorman, Rogers Covey-Crump A free one-hour concert, open to workshop participants and members of the public. Based on a research project at the University of Southampton between 2010 and 2014, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. John Potter, Christopher O’Gorman and Rogers Covey-Crump first came together as a trio of tenors for the Cantum pulcriorem invenire (finding a finer song) research project at the University of Southampton. The ensemble made their debut at the York Early Music Festival in 2012 and have now released three Conductus CDs on the Hyperion label. Under the name of the Three Medieval Tenors they have continued to research and expand their 12th and 13th century repertoire, and in 2015-16 are giving concerts in Belgium, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. Tickets: No ticket required – just turn up. Brighton Early Music Festival 2015
PRE-FESTIVAL EVENTS Event 3: Saturday 26th September, 10.30am-6.30pm St Paul’s Church, West Street
CIPRIANO DE RORE (1515-1565) WORKSHOP AND PERFORMANCE
Aimed at reasonably experienced singers who are probably members of choirs, and celebrating the double anniversary of one of the most important composers of the Renaissance. Works to include extracts from Rore’s glorious 7-part mass Praeter rerum seriem. Basses particularly welcome as the mass has two bass parts! There will be a short performance at 6pm. Workshop registration: £18 (£14 conc) Book online: bremf.org.uk/workshops
Event 4: Saturday 17th October, 11am-5pm Friends’ Meeting House
REDISCOVERING WOMEN Festival introduction and preview day A day of free talks, tasters and open discussions on subjects and ideas arising from this year’s theme – Women. Festival artists, including young musicians from Early Music Live!, share the platform with academics, writers and others whose researches can enrich and inspire their programming. An opportunity to share and take part in the exciting exploration of high quality and continually emerging repertoire. Stay for the whole day or just drop in. A full timetable of events will be published on the web and in our e-bulletin. Guest speakers we hope to include: Sarah Dunant, Prof Laurie Stras, Dr Flora Denis and Dr Melanie Marshall.
Photograph: Justin Hill
Workshop day for experienced choral singers Led by Deborah Roberts Hosted by BREMF Consort of Voices
September – october
Event 5: Sunday 18th October, 10.30am-5pm First Base Day Centre, Montpelier Place
Event 6: Sunday 18th October, 7pm Brighton Unitarian Church
SONGS OF ABRAHAM
VOCAL ENSEMBLE MASTERCLASS AND SHOWCASE
Workshop for female singers of all levels Led by Belinda Sykes and members of Joglaresa Whether you sing in a choir, in a band or in the bath, you are welcome to join this workshop exploring some of the earliest surviving songs to have been performed by women. No music reading skills required. Leads to optional participation in Joglaresa’s festival concert on Friday 23rd October. Workshop registration: £18 (£14 conc) Book online: bremf.org.uk/workshops
Led by Eamonn Dougan Assistant Conductor of The Sixteen Three aspiring young professional vocal ensembles will be coached in a public masterclass. A fascinating insight into the skills and techniques of ensemble singing, and of interest to singers and non-singers alike. Tickets: £8 (no conc)
Event 7: Thursday 22nd October, 8pm, Green Door Store
WOMEN SINGER/SONGWRITERS THROUGH THE AGES Lily Allen Photograph: Rob Orchard
Performance and open mic session Songs by women from medieval times to the present, including hits from classic 60s and 70s artists and songs by contemporary writers. Full programme will be published on the web and via social media. Tickets: £10 (no conc)
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main festival friday 23rd october Event 8: Friday 23rd October, 8pm, St George’s Church
DAUGHTERS OF ABRAHAM Women’s songs of life and love from ancient Arabic, Jewish and Christian traditions
Joglaresa Belinda Sykes director, voice, bagpipes Sianed Jones voice, fidel Angela Hicks voice, harp May Robertson voice, fidel Louise Morgan percussion, dulcimer, voice Guy Schalom percussion Includes songs by the 9th century Greek nun Kassia, 11th century Arab-Andalusian songstress Wallada and 12th century slave poetess Safiyya al-Baghadiyya. With participants from the workshop on 18th October (Event 5). Tickets: Premium £24 (£22 conc); A £20 (£18 conc); B £12 (£10 conc); Prom Ticket/RVS (on door only) £5
Saturday 24th october Event 9: Saturday 24th October, 1pm Friends’ Meeting House
Portraits in Sound Carole Cerasi harpsichord The death of Jacques Duphly, the French claveciniste extraordinaire – who was revered in his lifetime as a teacher and performer – clearly marked the end of the Old Régime. He died on July 15th 1789, just one day after the storming of the Bastille. Maintaining necessary patronage through flattering portrait was a longstanding practice. Carole Cerasi presents a fascinating collection of musical dedications by Duphly (born 1715), which, together with works by Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (born 1665), help celebrate 2015 as a rich anniversary year for the harpsichord. Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre
Tickets: £12 (£10 conc); Prom Ticket/RVS (on door only) £5
Event 10: Saturday 24th October, 7.30pm, St Bartholomew’s Church
LUCREZIA BORGIA’S DAUGHTER Trance and meditation in an Italian renaissance convent
Yvonne Eddy, Katharine Hawnt and Deborah Roberts sopranos Nancy Cole mezzo soprano; Caroline Trevor alto Claire Williams organ; Alison Kinder bass viol
Deborah Roberts and Laurie Stras directors
Brighton Festival Youth Choir
Esther Jones director
Lucrezia Borgia’s only daughter, Leonora, entered the convent of Corpus Domini in Ferrara when she was only eight years old. She spent her entire life immersed in music, as an organist and as a composer. The convent was already steeped in musical tradition, stemming from the musical mysticism of its homegrown saint, St Catherine of Bologna. Groundbreaking research by Musica Secreta brings the rich, sonorous landscape of early sixteenth-century Ferrara to life, including the first modern performances of an astonishing repertoire of mesmerising brilliance, potentially from the pen of Leonora d’Este herself. Tickets: £17 (£15 conc); Prom Ticket/SP (on door only) £5 Brighton Early Music Festival 2015
Sunday 25th October Event 11: Sunday 25th October, 3pm, Ralli Hall
THE LION’S PRIDE Anne Boleyn & Elizabeth I
Courtiers of Grace Clare Wilkinson mezzo soprano Jacob Heringman lute; Gawain Glenton cornetto Kirsty Whatley harp; Stephen Wilkinson reader The passionate love story of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII is woven in their own words. Both were skilled musicians; here are love songs written by Henry himself, and selected from Anne’s personal book. The fruit of this musical union was Elizabeth, the ‘lion’s cub’, patroness to the great composers of the English Renaissance. Tickets: A £20 (£18 conc); B £12 (£10 conc); Prom Ticket/SP (on door only) £5
Events 12 & 13: Sunday 25th October, 5.30pm & 8.30pm (2 performances), St Paul’s Church, West Street
VISION: THE IMAGINED TESTIMONY OF HILDEGARD OF BINGEN
Blurring the boundaries of drama/concert, this event explores the extraordinary life of the visionary medieval abbess Hildegard of Bingen, alongside her haunting and distinctive chant. With atmospheric lighting and candlelight. Tickets: £17 (£15 conc); Prom Ticket/SP (on door only) £5
Photograph: Peter Simpkin
Niamh Cusack actress Clare Norburn and Yvonne Eddy sopranos Clare Salaman nyckelharpa Leah Stuttard harp Celestial Sirens Script by Clare Norburn
Friday 30th October Event 14: Friday 30th October, 8pm St George’s Church
VOICES APPEARED: LA PASSION DE JEANNE D’ARC
The Orlando Consort Matthew Venner countertenor Mark Dobell and Angus Smith tenors Donald Greig baritone Robert Macdonald bass Condemned unseen in France on its release, vilified by the Catholic authorities and even banned outright in England, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc is widely recognised as a silent masterpiece, regularly appearing in lists of the top ten greatest films ever made. Inspired by Dreyer’s vision, the award-winning Orlando Consort present an entirely new, carefully crafted soundtrack of music from the era in which the film is set. The intricate beauty of 15th century works by Binchois and Dufay, together with animated motets and haunting plainsong, amplify the poignant depiction of medieval France and provide a unique and highly evocative accompaniment to this landmark film.
‘The Orlando Consort’s performances are simultaneously ravishing and reverential’ Los Angeles Times ‘So extraordinary and otherworldly is this film’s power, you could believe you were watching the actual trial of Joan of Arc.’ The Guardian Supported by Arts Council England, the National Centre for Early Music and Eureka Films.
Photograph: Eric Richmond
Tickets: A £20 (£18 conc); B £12 (£10 conc); Prom Ticket/RVS (on door only) £5
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saturday 31st October Event 15: Saturday 31st October, 3pm St Paul’s Church, West Street
BREMF LIVE! THE DAY OF THE WITCHES! A set of short performances by young artists selected for the festival’s Early Music Live! scheme: Ceruleo Two sopranos, harpsichord, viola da gamba, chitarrone and guitar Duo Luminarium Viola da gamba and harpsichord Duo Seraphim Countertenor and lute/chitarrone Ensemble Molière Flute, violin, harpsichord, viola da gamba and bassoon Palisander Recorder consort Details of the programmes will be published on our website. Tickets: £12 (£10 conc); Prom Ticket/SP (on door only) £5
The London Handel Players Adrian Butterfield violin; Katherine Sharman viola da gamba Laurence Cummings harpsichord; with Ruby Hughes soprano The London Handel Players are joined by soprano Ruby Hughes in rare performances of two of Jacquet de La Guerre’s exquisite cantatas, Susanna and Judith, both of which focus on a Biblical heroine. The programme will also include instrumental music by some of her French contemporaries including Jean-Féry Rebel and François Couperin. Tickets: Premium £24 (£22 conc); A £20 (£18 conc); B £12 (£10 conc); Prom Ticket/RVS (on door only) £5
Event 17: Saturday 31st October, 9pm, The Marlborough Theatre
BREMF LIVE! – THE NIGHT OF THE WITCHES A Halloween special, standing only event aimed at younger audiences. Tickets: £10 (no conc) 10 bremf.org.uk
Judith Slaying Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi
Event 16: Saturday 31st October, 7.30pm, St George’s Church
sunday 1st November Event 18: Sunday 1st November, 3pm, Sallis Benney Theatre
BACH AND THE ORGANIST’S DAUGHTER
Respectable Groove David Gordon harpsichord; Evelyn Nallen recorder Oli Hayhurst double bass; Tom Hooper drums The story of the 20-year-old Bach taking time off work to walk the 250 miles to Lübeck to hear the great organist and composer Dietrich Buxtehude is well enough known. But there’s a lot that isn’t. Was he ever interested in taking the job that was on offer? Did he meet Anna Margareta, the eponymous daughter…? Tickets: A £20 (£18 conc); B £12 (£10 conc); Prom Ticket/RVS (on door only) £5
Event 19: Sunday 1st November, 7.30pm St Bartholomew’s Church
CONVENT, COURT AND SALON Music by Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Francesca Caccini and Barbara Strozzi
BREMF Consort of Voices Clare Wilkinson
Photograph: Stefan Schweiger
Deborah Roberts director/soprano with Clare Wilkinson mezzo soprano Claire Williams organ Alex McCartney theorbo Nun composer Margarita Cozzolani’s fizzing double-choir setting of the Vespers is interspersed with passionate secular and sacred music by salon composer Barbara Strozzi and Francesca Caccini, the highest paid musician at the Florentine court. Tickets: £17 (£15 conc); Prom Ticket/SP (on door only) £5
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Wednesday 4th November Event 20: Wednesday 4th November, 8pm St George’s Church
HEROINES OF THE GOLDEN AGE Emma Kirkby soprano Jakob Lindberg lute One of early music’s greatest heroines is joined by one of its equally great heroes in a programme that explores a golden age of song through heroines of mythology. Includes music by Dowland, D’India, Byrd, Blow and Purcell. Tickets: Premium £24 (£22 conc); A £20 (£18 conc); B £12 (£10 conc); Prom Ticket/RVS (on door only) £5
thursday 5th November Event 21: Thursday 5th November, 8pm The Old Market (further performances on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November)
LA LIBERAZIONE DI RUGGIERO DALL’ISOLA DI ALCINA by Francesca Caccini Anna Devin soprano Alcina Denis Lakey countertenor Melissa Nick Pritchard tenor Ruggiero smaller roles played by: Hannah Ely, Cally Youdell, Camilla Harris, Bethany Horak-Hallett and Roberta Diamond sopranos; Nancy Cole mezzo soprano; James Way, Josh Cooter and William Bouvel tenors Andrew Robinson baritone The Liberation Singers The BREMF Renaissance Players Oliver Webber leader Deborah Roberts musical director Ellan Parry designer Susannah Waters director A fully staged new production of the first surviving ‘opera’ by a woman composer, commissioned in 1625 as an entertainment in music, dance and drama by the ruling regent of Tuscany, Archduchess Maria Maddalena. Tickets: A £25 (£23 conc); B £18 (£16 conc)
Brighton Early Music Festival 2015
Archduchess Maria Maddalena
friday 6th november
SATURDAY 7th november
Event 22: Friday 6th November, 8pm St George’s Church
Events 23 & 24: Saturday 7th November 10.15am & 11.30am, Friends’ Meeting House
LEWD STRUMPETS AND CONSTANT WIVES: HIT BALLADS OF THE 17TH CENTURY
TWO FAMILY CONCERTS
The Carnival Band Steve Banks tabor, percussion, violin, vocals; Jub Davis double bass, vocals; Giles Lewin violin, recorder, vocals; Steno Vitale cittern, vocals; Andy Watts curtal, shawm, bagpipes, recorder, vocals with Vivien Ellis voice; Christopher Marsh and Angela McShane presenters Aided and abetted by
BREMF Community Choir Andrew Robinson director Welcome to the tabloid world of the broadside ballad. These 17th century chart-toppers have it all – murder, sex, revenge, true love, the supernatural, heroism, low cunning, unimaginable cruelty and heart-warming happy endings. A raucous pub-style evening – bring a picnic! Tickets: A £20 (£18 conc); B £12 (£10 conc); Prom Ticket/RVS (on door only) £5 Price A seating is in cabaret format Most Price B seating is in the upstairs gallery
The Carnival Band CLANG BANG TOOT HOOT 10.15am:
A 45 minute concert ideal for pre-school children (must be accompanied by an adult) The Carnival Band invite the youngest festival-goers to join them in a selection of songs, dances and musical stories from their suitcase packed with music from around the world. Violin, guitar, double bass, clarinet, shawm and curtal are included. The perfect introduction to world, folk and early music.
WHAT A RACKET!
Perfect for 5-11 year olds (must be accompanied by an adult) An hour of music and song from the around the world and across the centuries. Be ready to get up and jump for joy, join in the songs and, if you play an instrument, bring it along and play with the band. With bagpipes, shawm, fiddle, guitar, bass, drums, etc. Tickets for each family concert: Adults £5 (no conc); under 12s free
saturday 7th november Event 25: Saturday 7th November, 1pm St Paul’s Church, West Street
THE MARVEL OF OUR CENTURY
Harmonia Artificiosa Elicia Silverstein violin; John McKean harpsichord; Moritz Johannes Kellner cello The December 1678 issue of the prominent Parisian journal, Le Mercure Galant, praised the then 19-yearold harpsichordist and composer Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre – widely recognised during her lifetime as one of the leading composers and improvisers in Paris. We welcome back outstanding performers from Early Music Live! 2014 in a programme illustrating the musical world of one of France’s most significant female composers on the 350th anniversary of her birth. Tickets: £12 (£10 conc); Prom Ticket/SP (on door only) £5
Event 26: Saturday 7th November, 3pm, The Old Market
LA LIBERAZIONE DI RUGGIERO DALL’ISOLA DI ALCINA (see event 21 for full listing) A family-friendly, slightly shortened version. Suitable for children over nine years old.
Tickets: A £20 (£18 conc); B £12 (£10 conc)
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saturday 7th november Event 27: Saturday 7th November, 7.30pm St George’s Church
ACIS AND GALATEA by GF Handel Catrin Woodruff soprano Galatea Benedict Hymas tenor Acis Giles Underwood baritone Polyphemus Sophie Pullen soprano Damon The BREMF Players Julia Bishop leader Piers Adams sopranino recorder The BREMF Singers John Hancorn director Handel’s greatly loved work about love, loss, power and courage should perhaps be renamed Galatea and Acis, for it is Galatea’s suffering, bravery and fortitude that dominate this pastoral story and make her another great heroine! Tickets: Premium £24 (£22 conc); A £20 (£18 conc); B £12 (£10 conc); Prom Ticket/RVS (on door only) £5
Sunday 8th November Events 28 & 29: Sunday 8th November 3pm & 7.30pm, The Old Market
LA LIBERAZIONE DI RUGGIERO DALL’ISOLA DI ALCINA
by Francesca Caccini (see event 21 for full listing) Two full length performances bring the festival to a close.
Tickets: A £25 (£23 conc); B £18 (£16 conc)
Join the Artistic Directors’ Circle or become a friend Get close to the creative processes of the UK’s most innovative early music festival BREMF is a registered charity (no 1097288). We receive no core funding and simply couldn’t survive were it not for the support of individuals. Please do join us and help to ensure our future.
GET INVOLVED Join our Friends or Artistic Directors’ Circle Schemes Membership is valid for one year from the date of joining or renewal. You can join online at bremf.org.uk/friends, by calling 01273 833746 or by picking up a form at a concert. Friends: £30 (single), £50 (couple) receive: • 2 weeks of priority booking (from 19th August); • an allocation of free programmes; • an invitation to a Friends’ reception. Supporters: £75 (single); £100 (couple) receive Friends’ benefits PLUS: • an option to buy 1 HALF PRICE ticket (2 for a couple) for one of a selection of daytime concerts during the festival; • an invitation to an open rehearsal (from a choice of events); • the option to make seat reservations at most concerts.
Contributors: £125 or more (single or couple) and Premium Contributors: £250 or more (single or couple) receive Friends’ benefits PLUS: • FREE ticket(s) for one choice from the events indicated under ‘Supporters’; • invitations to open rehearsals; • named acknowledgement in concert programmes; • the option to make seat reservations at most concerts. Our Artistic Directors’ Circle enables you to get really close to the creative processes and planning of the Festival, whilst visiting some intriguing venues and meeting festival artists. There are two levels of support: from £500-£999 and £1000+. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 020 7281 6864 or visit bremf.org.uk/friends.
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All venues except The Marlborough Theatre have wheelchair access. For further information and help, please phone 01273 304644. 1
St Bartholomew’s Church
Ann Street, Brighton BN1 4GP Buses: 5/5A/5B 21/21A 22/22A 24 25 26 37/37B 46 48 49 50 55; also 25 to St Peter’s Church. London Road Shoppers Car Park (payment required) is immediately behind the Church (entrance on Providence Place). 2
St George’s Church
St George’s Road (junction Abbey Road), Brighton BN2 1ED Buses: 37/37B; also 1/1A 7/N7 14C to Royal Sussex County Hospital; 12/12A 14/14A along Marine Parade. Pay and display street parking near the church (very limited) but also on Marine Parade to the east. Bus no. 7 runs from Brighton Marina (which has free multi-storey car park) to the Royal Sussex County Hospital. 3
St Paul’s Church
West Street, Brighton BN1 2RE 8 minutes’ walk from Brighton Station. Buses: Any bus serving Churchill Square, including 1/1A 2 5/5A/5B 6 21 24 25 46 48 49 60 71. Parking in Churchill Square multi-storey car parks. 4
Friends’ Meeting House
Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF
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If you are coming by car please allow plenty of time for parking. On-street parking is restricted in much of central Brighton, although there are plenty of multi-storey car parks. For more complete parking and public transport information please see bremf.org.uk, buses.co.uk and brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/parkingand-travel.
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The Old Market
11A Upper Market Street, Hove BN3 1AS Buses: 1/1A 2 5/5A/5B 6 21 25 46 49 60 71. Pay and display street parking on the seafront (west of venue) or NCP car park at Regency Square (east of venue, 10 minutes’ walk). 6
The Marlborough Theatre
4 Prince’s Street, Brighton BN2 1RD Buses/parking: as for venue 4. 7
First Base DAY CENTRE
Montpelier Place, Brighton BN1 3BF Buses/parking: those serving Western Road (see Venue 5). NCP car park at Regency Square. 8
Brighton Unitarian Church
New Road, Brighton BN1 1UF Buses/parking: as for Venue 4. Multi-storey car park at Church Street. 9
Green Door Store
Trafalgar Arches, Lower Goods Yard, Underneath Brighton Station, Brighton BN1 4FQ Buses/parking: Any bus serving Brighton Station, including 6 7 12 14 18 27 37 48. Multi-storey car park at Trafalgar Street. 10
81 Denmark Villas, Hove BN3 3TH Train: to Hove Station. Bus: 7. Multi-storey car park in Norton Road. 11
Sallis Benney Theatre
58-66 Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 0JY Buses/parking: as for venues 4 and 8. 21
booking information Booking for most concerts opens to members of the Friends of the Festival Scheme (see page 18) on 19th August and to the general public on 2nd September. Prom Tickets can only be purchased on the door. For information on registration for workshops (Events 1, 3 & 5) please see below. There are four ways to buy tickets in advance for most concerts promoted by Brighton Early Music Festival: 1. E-tickets: you purchase these from bremf.org.uk, print them on your own printer and bring them to the concert together with the credit card with which you made the purchase. There is no booking fee for e-tickets. 2. Online Box Office tickets: you purchase these online but have the tickets issued to you either by post or on the door. These are a practical solution if you are buying for people who may arrive at the concert separately from you (and your credit card – see above) or if you cannot easily print your own tickets. There is a handling charge of £2 per transaction for online Box Office tickets. 3. By post using the form on page 23 (£2 handling charge). 4. By phone (£2.50 handling charge) or in person (no fee) from the Brighton Dome Ticket Office, New Road, Brighton BN1 1UE (01273 709709), open Mon-Sat 10am to 6pm. Bookings for Events 1, 3 and 5 cannot be handled by Brighton Dome Ticket Office. Please note that tickets, once paid for, cannot be refunded except in the event that the concert is cancelled. Seats are not numbered and are unreserved, but for most events we provide an informal seat reservation service for BREMF Friends at Supporter level and above and members of the Artistic Directors’ Circle (see page 18).
PROM TICKETS A £5 Prom Ticket is available on the door for most Main Festival concerts (except Events 17, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28 and 29), which admits you to a standing place (SP) or a restricted view seat (RVS) depending on the venue. These tickets are sold subject to availability on the day. A special Bargain Prom Pass (£50) is available at bremf.org.uk giving Prom Ticket access to all relevant concerts, subject to availability at time of purchase.
CONCESSIONARY TICKETS These are available to young people (age 12-25 inclusive), those aged 60 or more and those in receipt of state benefits. Children under 12 are admitted free of charge if accompanied by a paying adult; however, a Child Ticket must be obtained. Unaccompanied children under 16 cannot be the responsibility of the festival.
FESTIVAL TICKET SPECIAL OFFERS Save up to 30% with our Season Ticket. A Season Ticket costing £207 (£185 concessions) gives you a top price ticket to all Main Festival concerts (Events 8-29) except Events 17, 23 and 24. This is subject to availability of tickets at the time of purchase – if the best seats for an event are sold out we will supply the next best available. Season Tickets can ONLY be obtained from bremf.org.uk or by using the postal booking form in this brochure.
BOOKING FOR WORKSHOPS
Save 10% by buying tickets for four or more different Main Festival concerts (Events 8-29, except Events 17, 23 and 24) in one transaction.
Pre-registration at bremf.org.uk is essential for BREMF workshops (Events 1, 3 & 5). Deadlines are given on the website, but in all cases booking may be closed earlier if all places have been allocated.
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Please give details of tickets required. Events 1, 3 and 5 cannot be booked on this form. Prom tickets (RVS or SP) can only be purchased on the door. Season tickets provide top price tickets to most Main Festival concerts (Events 8-29, except Events 17, 23 and 24) and cost £207 (full) and £185 (concessions). To purchase a Season Ticket, enter ST under Event Number and indicate your choice for repeated events (ie Events 12 or 13 and Events 21, 26, 28 or 29).
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Booking opens 19th August for Friends and 2nd September for the general public.
POSTAL BOOKING FORM For online booking, visit bremf.org.uk
PLAY YOUR PART, AND GET CLOSER TO THE MUSIC With our biggest festival ever, your support has never been more important in making BREMF the festival it is. • Be part of our vital support network by becoming a Festival Friend (from £30) •G et really close to the creative process and meet festival artists by joining the Artistic Directors’ Circle (from £500) As a thank you, we’ll welcome you with priority booking, free concert programmes, invitations to special events and, depending on your level of support, opportunities to attend open rehearsals, meet festival artists and reserve the seats of your choice.
For more information see page 18 or go to bremf.org.uk/friends brightonearlymusic
“Meeting the musicians, attending rehearsals, being close to the Early Music team – all aspects of the Friends scheme enhance the festival for us and we highly recommend it.” Annette Boyne, BREMF Artistic Directors’ Circle